Waati (Mali: 1995)

Director

Souleymane Cissé

Cast list

Sidi Yaya Cissé                                                                  Solofa
Mariame Amerou Mohamed Dicko                         Nandi at 6 years
Balla Moussa Keita                                                          Teacher
Eric Miyeni                                                                         The father
Nakedi Ribane                                                                   The mother
Adam Rose                                                                         Killer Policeman
Niamanto Sanogo                                                            Rastas' prophet
Linèo Tsolo                                                                         Nandi
Mary Twala                                                                         Grandmother
Vusi Kunene
Martin Le Maitre

Credits

Writing Credits: Souleymane Cissé

Synopsis

"Nandi is a black South African girl living under the rule of Apartheid. Violence, desperate energy, a wild passion for learning and liberation through knowledge, encounters of love and compassion. The convulsive present of Africa, its past made of misery and magic, its future, 'inevitably better' meet on Nandi's path. We follow her from childhood to reaching adulthood, among the landscapes and figures in her life, as she goes through South Africa, Ivory Coast, Mali and Namibia 'where the earth seems to have originated'. Little by little, Nandi discovers her continent and her own reality as an African woman". (From Festival De Cannes website

Sandra Brennan, Waati (1995) – Review Summary, NY Times (online magazine)

Godfrey Chesire, Review: “Waati”, Variety.com (online magazine)

Academic Articles:

Langford, Rachael. “Politics And Aesthetics In Francophone African Film: The Case Of Souleymane Cissé’s Finyé (1982).” International Journal Of Francophone Studies 9.2 (2006): 185-202. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 4 April 2014.

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